Waterloo police say nay to horse patrol

Spotting officers on horseback riding down King Street in Waterloo Region will soon be a thing of the past, as the Waterloo Regional Police Service looks to disband its mounted patrol unit on April 1.

Waterloo Regional Police is ending mounted patrols on April 1

Spotting officers on horseback riding down King Street in Kitchener or mingling with crowds at summer festivals will soon be a thing of the past. 

The Waterloo Regional Police Service says its mounted patrol unit will be disbanded as of April 1st. 

The decision was made for budgetary reasons, according to a news release from the police department, but the force didn't reveal how much the mounted unit costs.

The release did indicate that the savings were mostly long-term, and included line items like maintenance and training costs.

Waterloo Regional Police Chief Matt Torigian says it was a difficult, but necessary decision. 

According to the news release, the police services board and the police force will make a joint decision on the retirement of the horses.